DCU Physics Graduate wins US Scholarship

16 October 2012

Barry Cannon, who graduated recently from Dublin City University with a 1st class honours degree in Applied Physics, is the first recipient of the San José-Dublin Postgraduate Exchange Scholarship.

Barry Cannon with DCU President, Prof Brian MacCraith, Lord Mayor of Dublin, Naoise Ó Muirí
Barry Cannon with DCU President, Prof Brian MacCraith, Lord Mayor of Dublin, Naoise Ó Muirí

The scholarship programme will provide Irish students with work experience at San José technology companies, academic training at San José State University (SJSU) and Dublin City University (DCU), leading to an Industrial Masters of Science and Engineering degree.

Cypress Semiconductor, the first San José corporation partner to support this sister city programme innovative initiative, has funded the first matching half of this initial $30,000 scholarship the other  half coming from ME Fox founders Mary Ellen and Michael Fox and other Silicon Valley entrepreneurs. Cypress,  also have an Irish Design Center in Cork.

Barry was selected through a competitive application and interview process. The $30,000 scholarship includes a Fall 2012 semester at DCU, a Spring 2013 semester at SJSU with a part-time research internship at Cypress Semiconductors, a full-time Summer 2013 research internship at Cypress and a final semester of study at DCU during the Fall of 2013. It also covers all transportation costs to San José, plus housing at the SJSU International House and a living stipend.

At Cypress, he will join a team of engineers and scientists from San José and the Ukraine working in the area of Capacitive Sensor Development. The research will involve developing new touch screen sensor patterns and stackups to improve the performance of the cutting edge technology behind capacitive touch screens. The student will also take two classes at SJSU during that Spring semester.

In addition to his advanced mathematics and applied physics academic accomplishments, Cannon is an accomplished actor and a multi-instrumentalist, playing guitar, bass guitar, piano and singing in several bands. This combination of technical and artistic talents makes Cannon a great fit with San José's creative class, according to program organizers.

In 2015, the program will broaden to a reciprocal exchange of two students from San José and two students from Dublin each year. In 2016, the San José-Dublin Sister City Program aims to expand the scholarship beyond DCU and SJSU to include other Irish and Silicon Valley universities.

About the San José-Dublin Sister City Program
The mission of the San José - Dublin Sister City Program is to promote community, economic development, academic, artistic and cultural, and sporting people to people linkage and ties between San Jose and Dublin as well as Silicon Valley. The program includes Irish Week, Education, Sporting, Community Outreach, the Arts and Business. For more information visit www.sanjosedublin.org.